(03/20/2018)
West Virginia parks officials say deer have overpopulated in many state parks, a phenomenon that managed hunts can help reverse. Ten parks will host 21 managed three-day hunts this fall — some for archers, others for muzzleloader enthusiasts.

Twenty-one three-day managed hunts will take place in 10 parks — a sharp break from recent years, when single-day hunts were held in only one or two parks.

Sam England, chief of the state's Parks Section, said the main goal of conducting so many hunts is to protect the parks from the deer.

This fall's hunts will take place at Beech Fork, Cacapon, Canaan Valley, Chief Logan, Lost River, North Bend, Pipestem, Stonewall, Twin Falls and Watoga state parks.

Each park will host at least a pair of three-day hunts. North Bend, which has a higher deer density than the other parks, will host three.


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